It’s a Boy!0
Regardless of what happens between Brant Yearout and his brothers, he will always be able to say he came in first in 2016.
The fourth boy born to Katie and Ryan Yearout, Brant was born Monday, Jan. 4, at 12:32 p.m., making him the first baby born this year at Benewah Community Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs, 10 oz, was 20 ½ inches long, joins three older brothers; Jaxson, 7, Bryce, 4, and Lane, 2 – and with his January arrival, a place in the hospital’s scrapbook.
Sixteen years ago, staff members at BCH started celebrating the first birth of each year by providing the family with a gift.
“It was something we wanted to do to give back to the community,” organizer Eula Needham said. “And it’s really grown; we started with one little basket in 2000, and now we spend about $800.”
Ms. Needham and other members of the housekeeping staff, along with BCH employees from different departments, raise money to buy baby items and gifts for the first baby of each year and decorate the hospital room for the new family after delivery. Ms. Needham said that staff members have kept a memory book of each baby they have bestowed the gifts upon since the program’s inception.
Brant will be the 16th entry into that book.
“It’s great to see how it’s changed,” she said. “We used to just do one room and bought yellows and greens and whites because we didn’t know what the new year baby would be. But last year we raised $1,600 and were able to do two rooms, a boy room and a girl room, and use whichever delivered first.”
Spearheaded by Ms. Needham, hospital staff members have fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the first baby, and Archie’s IGA provides a fruit basket, St. Maries Floral makes a floral arrangement for the family and Country Fair also donates an item.